A Recluse Milkman Makes the Rounds

Every Tuesday in the tiny town of Recluse, Wyoming, a milkman makes his rounds. He might not dress the part of the classic American milkman from days gone by, but he delivers fresh, raw milk in glass half-gallon jars to neighbors all across the area.

These neighbors are regular customers of his; each owns a share of a cow in his herd of 17 dairy cows. Wyoming allows the sale of raw milk only through herdshares, but this dairyman isn’t only in the business for the money:

“It’s great pleasure to see some of these kids, some of them are suffering from things like autism and things like that where the enzymes and the good proteins and the good nourishment in this milk is actually helping some of these kids. I’ve had people who are recovering from cancer start to drink this milk, and they’re actually gaining a little weight. Those kinds of things feel really good…It’s not about the money; it’s about providing good, wholesome food.”

Read more of his story Modern Milkman.

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Should British Columbia Model Raw Milk Regulations on California?

Mark McAffee, a California raw milk entrepreneur and the CEO of the Raw Milk Institute, toured British Columbia last month for speaking engagements and on-farm training sessions in raw milk safety. During his trip, McAffee implied that British Columbia could cut the expensive legal disputes stemming from the distribution of raw milk by taking a cue from California and adjusting its raw milk regulations.

“In California, raw milk is 100% legal, but it is highly regulated with a different set of standards from pasteurized milk,” explains McAffee. In British Columbia, the government could declassify raw milk as a health hazard by grouping it in with other foods that carry no more risk but are less regulated, like oysters.

Listen to McAffee’s full interview with the Green Man Podcast: BC Takes a Lesson in Raw Milk Production From California.

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Raw Milk Makes Rich Soil Fertilizer

Raw milk producers in states that ban sales can use excess quantities of raw milk as a soil additive to create rich fertilizer for their land.

One farmer in Vermont experimented over the past year with fertilizing his pastures with raw milk and was so impressed with the results that he raved about his experience in an article on Mother Earth News.

He noted that his cows, that wouldn’t graze on pastures recently spread with manure, had no objection to grazing on pastures recently sprayed with raw milk. At first he didn’t notice a difference in his pastures but within several months his pastures were more lush and healthier with a higher percentage of white clover and fewer weeds.

“Surplus milk and milky rinse water should be viewed as a resource rather than a waste product on the dairy arm,” he writes. Read more about his experience The Benefits of Using Raw Milk as a Natural Soil Supplement or Fertilizer.

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Why Does the USDA Need Submachine Guns?

Many people are asking “Why would the USDA need Submachine Guns?”

In May 2014, the US Department of Agriculture filed a request for weapons including submachine guns and semi-automatic or 2 shot burst trigger guns. This request has many, including the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, questioning what need the USDA could possibly have for such heavy arms.

According to a USDA spokesperson, the weapons are necessary for self-defense during undercover operations and surveillance. As Modern Farmer points out, this sounds like a legitimate reason when, in actuality, most of their enforcement operations relate to white-collar fraud of government programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Nor would such heavy arms be necessary in on-ground investigations into small farms and producers – for example, investigations and raids surrounding whether small farms are selling raw milk.

“Do we really want to have our federal regulatory agencies bring submachine guns onto these family farms with children?” asks Liz Reitzig, co-founder of the Farm Food Freedom Coalition.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

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Is the FDA Falling Behind Other Countries in Raw Milk Run?

In July 2014, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency released a report on raw milk that took into account the opinions of over 100 raw milk consumers. Their findings concluded that both consumers and producers “…hold a strong view…that there should be wider accessibility to raw drinking milk but this should still be managed and controlled.”

In exploring how they could take a more lenient approach to raw milk consumption in the United Kingdom, the FSA said it was open to allowing the sales of raw milk through vending machines – which would increase sales within a controlled environment.

David Gumpert, author of The Complete Patient blog, points out that this new report, in addition to New Zealand’s recent consideration of more lenient raw milk regulations, means that the FDA could quickly be becoming internationally isolated on the issue of raw milk.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

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Raw Milk in the News

When reporters make effort to understand the difference between raw milk intended for pasteurization and raw milk intended for human consumption, the interviews provide beneficial information for those seeking to make an informed choice.

Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Dairy joined a local Canadian radio show recently to discuss the benefits of raw milk. The lively discussion includes history of raw milk regulations and differences between raw and pasteurized milk. The host asks Mark about the health benefits of raw milk for human consumption and Mark gives his expert background on the multitude of human health benefits.

This host gives an opportunity to raw milk advocate Mark McAfee to fully explore the issue.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

 

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How to Pick the Healthiest Cheeses

As one would imagine, raw milk cheese made from only a handful of basic, wholesome ingredients is superior in quality and health than pasteurized cheeses made with processed additives.

Those looking to buy only the highest quality cheeses should also keep an eye out for cheese made from pastured animals. According to a recent article, High Quality Raw Milk Cheese is Healthy, cheese made from grass-fed cows has the ideal omega-6 to omega-3 fat ratio of 2:1 whereas pasteurized cheese has a 25:1 ratio, which is already excessive in Americans’ fatty diets. Furthermore, grass-fed cheese “…is considerably higher in calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C, D and E.”

Gouda, Brie and Edam cheese are safe bets. Read it for more tips on how to pick out the healthiest cheeses.

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Popular Wisconsin Raw Cheese Producer Stops Production

In August, Wisconsin-based Rush Creek Reserve announced it would stop making its popular raw milk cheese, due to uncertainty over pending FDA regulations related to raw cheese.

“Food safety officials have been unpredictable, at best, in their recent treatment of soft, raw-milk cheeses, and until our industry is given clear and consistent guidance, we are forced to stop making these cheeses,” said co-owner Andy Hatch.

He added that he hoped the halt in production would be temporary, but loyal customers have already taken to Twitter to express their outrage: @cheesegeek wrote, “The premature death of Rush Creek Reserve is the canary in the coal mine for all American raw milk cheeses.”

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

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FDA bans French cheeses

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently moved to prohibit the sale of cheeses people have happily made and consumed for millennia.  The agency claims these cheeses full of healthful bacteria are too risky. They issued a ban on imports of French cheeses that exceed “FDA approved” bacteria counts.

The artisan cheese making process involves inoculating milk with select bacteria and encouraging their proliferation to make a safe and delicious product. The FDA’s move means that even such probiotic bacteria now falls under suspicion.

The rule is not new; it has been in place since 2010 but it is only now being enforced leading to the confiscation and removal of highly coveted fine French cheeses.

David Gumpert gives an excellent update and analysis on the situation on his blog.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

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New Use for Raw Milk: Artisanal Soaps

People with sensitive skin might be excited to learn that a new take on the farm-to-table trend means gentler soaps for them. In West Virginia, where raw milk sales for human consumption are prohibited, several enterprising dairy farmers have begun using raw milk as the primary ingredient in artisanal soaps.

“Goat milk soap is especially good for people with sensitive skin,” explains one marketing director for an artisanal soap company. “The pH level in goat milk is the closest to that in humans. Our formulations of essential oils, oatmeal and other ingredients keep people coming back.”

Raw milk soap sales skyrocket in the summer, when farmers can promote their products at farmers markets and fairs. However, goats are seasonal breeders and are most productive during the summer months – meaning those summer months are extra busy between milking, manufacturing and sales. Learn more about how these dairy farmers balance it all in the recent West Virginia Gazette article, Not ba-a-a-d: W.Va. goat’s milk used for soaps.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

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